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LIMPOPO police have made a breakthrough in their fight against trio crimes following the arrest of three suspects believed to be part of a syndicate terrorising locals.
The suspects were apprehended following an extensive manhunt and through the help of active citizenry.
The three aged between 22 and 25 were arrested after a farm attack in Warrensburg.
“A group of armed suspects attacked a house in the Leeukuil Plot in the Westernburg Policing area outside Polokwane on the 2017-10-19 at about 23:30. It is alleged that the owner of the plot heard his dogs barking and went out to investigate where he saw about two unknown suspects armed with firearms walking outside his house,” said police spokesperson Lt-col Moatshe Ngoepe.
The farm owner took his rifle and fired a warning shot and the suspects ran away. That was however not enough to deter them from their mission.
“It is alleged they later came back and started to shoot randomley into the house, damaging the glass door. The owner then fired back and susbsequently, one suspect aged around 30 was fatally shot. The other suspects ran away and dissappeared in the bushes,” he said.
Ngoepe said the suspects were cornered at Makgofe village outside Polokwane in a rented house. They got involved in a shootout with police.
“When they noticed the police they started shooting at them and the police retailated and one suspect was shot and the suspects were arrested,” he said.
During the arrest, police recovered three firearms, 24 cell phones, a sports bicycle, a Mercedes Benz key, thre Plasma TV’s, a Laptop, five speakers and four DVD players to mention a few.
Ngoepe said the injured suspect has hospitalised and was under police guard. The one killed during the farm attack has not yet identified.
“The arrested suspects may be linked to more than 20 cases in some parts of this Province especially in the Seshego, Westerburg and Polokwane Policing areas as the Police investigations are still unfolding. The suspect’s will appear before the Seshego and Polokwane Magistrates Courts respectively on Monday on various offences ranging from house robberry, attempted murder to possession of firearms and ammunition and suspected stolen properties,” said Ngoepe.
In another incident, police arrested four suspects in Ladanna along the Bleuberg street. Police stopped their Toyota Tazz and upon searching it, found electronic devices valued at over R300 000.
“This car and its occupants were searched and the cell phones and IT accessories with an estimated value of R350 000.00 were confiscated. They included: 40 x Tablets, 15 x Blackberry celphones, 06 x Sony, 03 x Microsoft, 05 x Hisense, 09 x Huawei, 37 x Nokia, 44 x Samsung, 4 x IPhone’s, 44 x unknown cellular phones and a bag full of scrap cellphones,” said Ngoepe.
He said the suspects would appear before the Polokwane Magistrate Court on Monday.
“This might be a syndicate which was terrorizing members of the Community in this Province especially where call phones were robbed or stolen but the investigations will tell as they are still unfolding,” he said.